In 1957, Southern California-based builder, painter, and all-around gearhead, Dean Jefferies built a 356 that is almost universally acknowledged as being the first-ever true Outlaw Porsche build. Jeffries’ Outlaw build would serve as the catalyst and inspiration for what has grown into a thriving industry of aftermarket Porsche tuning and customizing.
While it’s not as well-known as shops like Emory or Singer, Willhoit Auto Restoration is another West Coast Porsche tuning operation that’s carved out an impressive reputation for itself through producing beautiful classic Porsche restorations and resto-mods — two of which were featured on Jay Leno’s Garage. Now, one of the shop’s Outlaw 356 builds have surfaced for resale, after recently received an extensive reservicing and detailing from the legendary shop, Canepa. The stock engine was replaced with an air-cooled 1,925cc flat-four that Air Power Racing tuned to 130hp and outfitted with a ceramic-coated KK Sebring exhaust and a four-speed transaxle. Other upgrades include 16” HRBB alloy wheels and a redone, now green, leather interior with a removable roll-bar, a short shifter kit, GT gauges, and a bespoke 14” wooden VDM steering wheel. This Willhoit Auto Restoration-built 1963 Porsche 356B Outlaw is currently for sale through, Canepa, where the price is available upon request.